The Cancun Airport is close by – only 7.5 Miles from downtown Cancun and 12.5 miles from the Hotel Zone.
Taxis are available at the airport in Cancun, but they are regulated by the concession in order to guarantee safety and eliminate scams. Reserving a taxi at the airport is the most expensive rate – around $60. Since there are no other taxis or cars available at the Cancun airport, if you are arriving in Cancun without transportation you must pay this fee.
It is a good idea to book your airport transportation ahead of time. You can arrange to have a limo pick you up or have an airport approved company supply your Cancun transportation. A lot of websites like Travelocity allow you to include transportation from the airport when booking your Cancun trip. This guarantees that you are booking with a an agency that is pre-approved and much cheaper (plus you will get extra amenities like a sign with your name!)
If you are planning on renting a car in Cancun, make sure that you booked your rental ahead of time. You will see the booths for the car rentals at the airport.